Canto Updates Helios Companion

Oct 15, 2004


Canto, a provider of digital asset management (DAM) solutions, has announced the immediate availability of HELIOS Companion 2.0. This Option consists of four modules, namely, HELIOS Synchronizer, HELIOS Filter, HELIOS AssetProcessor, and HELIOS Companion Setup. It is available for the Workgroup and Enterprise Editions of Cumulus.

Cumulus HELIOS Companion 2.0 combines Canto's digital asset management (DAM) software with HELIOS' file and print server and server-based image replacement solutions. It automatically synchronizes Cumulus catalogs and HELIOS EtherShare and PC Share volumes when users store new files or make changes to existing files in the HELIOS file system, thus maintaining a familiar user workflow and eliminating the need for manual cataloging. The cataloging process, including reading of metadata and creation of thumbnails, is performed directly on the server.

A feature of this version is the full support of Cumulus 6 including Asset Handling Sets and the structured category tree. For example, an Administrator no longer needs to configure the "Cataloging Options" for each watcher but can select a configuration from the centrally administered Asset Handling Sets stored on the server side. Furthermore, with the Cumulus 6 compatible version of HELIOS Asset Processor, Cumulus 6 users can use the format conversion features of HELIOS ImageServer, which includes the support of ICC profiles to convert cataloged assets within the Cumulus 6 Client application or with a Cumulus 6 Internet solution such as Web Publisher Pro or Internet Client Pro.

In addition to its compatibility with Cumulus 6, the new Cumulus HELIOS Companion 2.0 comes with other features such as an exclusion list for cataloging, pre-filling of information while cataloging assets or updating records and, a "Pause and Resume" functionality in the Companion Setup. The exception list allows users to exclude particular assets from being cataloged as defined, for example, by file name, format, or creating application. The HELIOS Filter module has also been updated and now supports XPPV files for both Quark XPress and InDesign documents.

Cumulus HELIOS Companion 2.0 is immediately available from HELIOS sales partners. Updates and demo versions can be downloaded from the Canto Web site. It is available with English, German, French, and Japanese user interface on Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. Cumulus HELIOS Companion is compatible with the Cumulus Workgroup and Enterprise Edition from version 6 and with the current HELIOS products of the 4th generation.